CHENEY — The first day of state track at Roos Field in Eastern Washington University offered mostly chances to qualify for finals, but enough excitement and triumph for Twin Harbors athletes on Friday.
Elma’s Tyson Nauman, a first-year triple jumper, used his final jump to leap the field and win the state 1A triple jump event.
Raymond’s Hannah Dykes didn’t need her final jump after taking the lead with her first three offerings to claim the state 2B triple jump title.
A number of Twin Harbors athletes landed in the top-three finishes, not including four Willapa Valley pole vaulters in the top-eight scoring spots, on Friday.
Opening ceremonies today begin at 9:15 a.m. and the championship trophies will be handed out by 4:45 p.m.
Nauman made his final jump count, accounting for a tail wind that blew a few competitors too far over for fouls leading up to the last jumps.
Sitting in fourth place, Nauman hit a 2-foot PR to land at 45 feet, 3 inches for the lead. The next jumper, Port Townsend’s Skylar Coppenrath, hit a big jump right after Nauman and it was initially announced at 45-6. After a few minutes of deliberation, the mark was changed to 44-6, good for third place.
“That was nervous,” Elma head coach Bryan Schneider said. “There were some wind gusts and Tyson scratched twice in the finals. So, we backed him up and he went for it. It was a great jump.”
Elma will have a chance at a few state titles today — Ray Stark qualified first in the 100m sprint and the 300m intermediate hurdles. The Eagles’ 4x400m relay team — Nauman, Rashad Lorton, Chance Bremer and Stark — qualified fourth for today’s finals.
In the girls meet, the Eagles have Natalie Grant in the 400m sprint after she qualified seventh.
Hoquiam will also see a few chances as well, with Devin Kelly first overall in the 200m sprint. Kelly reset a 25-year-old Hoquiam school record with his run on Friday at 21.89. It was previously held by Jason Anderson, who set the mark in 1989.
Kelly is also fourth behind Stark in the 100m and was a part of the fourth-qualifier 4x100m relay team (Kelly, Dante Lopez, Tyler White and Vince Tran).
The Grizzlies’ 4x100 and 4x200 girls relay teams are in great positions as well. The 4x200m team — Olivia Rose, Savannah Smith, Brittoni Wright and Emma Skinner — are ranked first after the preliminaries. The 4x100m relay team, with the same four runners, is second overall.
Skinner qualified sixth and Smith is eighth in the 200m.
“We are really happy with how everything came out in qualifying and how the kids ran,” HHS head coach Tim Pelan said. “All three relays really ran well. Now, it is time to step up and finish the job (today).”
For Montesano, it had a good day as well, starting with freshman Jordan Spradlin in the shot put.
Spradlin threw a 41-4 in the first round of throws, good for third, and the order never changed. She’ll have a chance at a state title in the discus today.
“Not bad for a freshman,” Montesano head coach Doug Schupbach said. “We had some good things and we had some learning for youth today. Between the heat and inexperience of youth, we didn’t get where we expected to be. However, everyone really went out and competed. Overall, it was a good day, but it could have been better.”
Myranda Floch qualified sixth in the 400m sprint, while the boys 4x100 relay (Reed Hughes, Tristan Darst, Anthony Louthan, Tanner Birdsall) qualified seventh.
Raymond’s boys team put itself into a position to challenge for a state championship trophy, but Dykes beat them to it with a big performance in the triple jump.
With South Bend’s Makenzie Russell pressing her, Dykes hit 35-1 in her first jump of the day, hit her eventual winning jump (35-2) on her third jump and waited out the field for the win. Russell stayed close with a 34-3 1/4 jump for second place.
“For her first three years, Hannah had finished fifth in the triple jump, so we kind of expected her to do that today,” Raymond head coach Mike Tully said. “On her first jump, she hit a 6-inch PR at 35-1 and she had a look of shock and amazement on her face. That jump put her way out into the lead. Any of her first three jumps would have won it. It is nice to see all of her work from the last four years pay off.”
“When you get over here (to state), all it takes is one jump or one run,” South Bend head coach Steve Lazelle said. “Makenzie got a PR and jumped really well. She was right there with Hannah, who popped a couple of good ones.”
Raymond’s boys pushed just about everyone they needed for a run at a state title in qualifying. They are tied for fourth overall after the first day.
Rayce Newman gave his team a boost with an unexpected second-place finish in the long jump — 21-2. Tully noted that he thought Newman would place, but the extra points are a bonus. Darol Ratsavongsy added points with a sixth-place finish in the shot put.
Newman qualified first in the 200m sprint, was third overall in the 100m (behind North Beach’s Carson Ketter) and is a part of the 4x100m relay. Hunter Borden qualified in both hurdle events, with teammate Jayce Freeman in the 110 hurdles. Alex Vaca took fourth in qualifying in the 400m.
“We’re set up well for (today),” Tully said. “If we go out and execute, I think everything will take care of itself. It should be exciting all the way to the end.”
Lazelle was also happy with his team’s performances on Friday. The Indians qualified both of their girls’ relay teams — 4x100m and 4x200m — for the finals, with Kaelani Collins in the 100m sprint.
“I thought we had a really good day,” Lazelle said. “It was good competition all the way around. Everyone was really good. That’s how it is when you come over here.”
North Beach had a few near-misses on Friday, most notably in the boys shot put.
Junior Caleb Bridge, who was top ranked entering the meet, finished second overall at 48-9 1/4. Napavine’s Chase VanWyck, who lost to Bridge in the district meet last week, threw 49-4 1/2 to win the event. Tim Poplin was eighth in the event at 45-8 1/2.
Ketter set himself up well by finishing first in qualifying in the 100m and second in the 200m. Ketter will also be in the Hyaks’ 4x100m relay team.
Willapa Valley’s girls are sitting in a tie for third place after their performance in the pole vault — 19 1/2 points.
Defending state champion Lauren Friese hit a PR at 10-6, but finished second overall to Colfax’s Scout Cai, who vaulted 11-0. Lauren’s cousin, Karli, took third at 9-6, Alicia Smaciarz finished fifth at 9-0 and Jessica Cook was tied for seventh at 7-0.
“Lauren had a career day, a PR by five inches,” Valley head coach Dave Ege said. “The girl who won hit 11-0. it happens. Competition does that. Lauren will leave her career with a state title, but she performed great. All of the kids did very well today.”
Ocosta landed several competitors into today’s finals and one of them — Rebekah Saul — will have a full day.
Saul, a senior, qualified eighth in the 200m, fourth in the 400m and was the anchor leg in the Wildcats’ qualified 4x400m relay team. Kelsey Gundersen, who is also in the relay team, tied for seventh place to make it in the 800m.
Friday’s events were quick and to the point in the state 1B meets. The vast majority of the events will be finals only today.
Mary M. Knight’s Hannah Frost nearly gave her school a state title when she finished second in the shot put at 34-2. Wilson Creek’s Angel Garay won the event at 36-1.
Taholah’s Jon Jackson was the favorite entering the boys javelin and took second overall with a 156-4 throw. Crescent’s Quenton Wolfer won the event at 170-6.
Wishkah’s Trey Berge, who competed in the 4x100 relay qualifier as well, took third overall in the discus at 118-5. Teammate Benajmin Malchert finished eighth in the triple jump at 35-10 3/4.